Anyone else have bad side effects using Metamucil?

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Joylu
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   Posted 6/18/2009 8:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Fiber supplements have been talked about so favorably here that I bought some Metamucil awhile back and tried it.
I had stomach pains that day and a pick up of my D.
I discontinued taking it, and just today tried again. 
I again have stomach pains and have had 6 bathroom trips today, the most I have had in 10 days.
Is it possible some can't take this?
Ulcerative proctitis. On Asacol 3 3x a day,  Started Meslamine enemas nightly again.
  Doc now has me on prescription Pepcid, and  Questran.  Just started that 05/15, so will wait and see.
 Update: Questran made me worse, so I stopped taking it.
 
Urgency is still my biggest problem.  Blood is now gone.


Zippy123
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   Posted 6/18/2009 8:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been taking the kind you put in water, and haven't really noticed any problems, it seems to make good stools. It could be you are allergic to Pysillium husks which is its main ingredient.

pb4
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   Posted 6/19/2009 12:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Joylu, maybe try a different brand? Chances are though you will have some side effects which are normal it's just your system adjusting to them which is why it's important to take them daily and it will pass, the side effects are typically excessive bloating and gas (took my system 3 months to adjust but was totally worth it) and it varies for each...be sure to drink plenty of water with them as well/throughout the day.

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quincy
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   Posted 6/19/2009 12:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Joylu...which one EXACTLY did you purchase? One that states it's sugar-free?

Did you take the highest dosage or smaller amount?

What are the ingredients in the one you got?

Yep, I had some discomfort when I started taking Metamucil....I used the Smooth (not sugar-free) initially, but then switched to the capsules but started off with low dosage and increased it over a few weeks.

Absolutely ditto the drinking enough water/fluids suggestion.



quincy
*Heather* Status: maintenance Asacol 6 daily + Salofalk enemas every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
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Red_34
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   Posted 6/19/2009 6:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I've tried various brands of fiber and regardless of how gentle it is or "free" it is, I just can not tolerate fiber in oral form. So I make do with salads that has Romaine lettuce with carrots, cheddar cheese and salad dressing. This seems to help me. But not everyone can do the fiber supplements. I too would have a MAJOR increase of D along with the bloating. At one time I tried the most gentlest on the market (I can't remember the name, it's been a while) and I gave it about a month. I just couldn't handle it anymore.
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PrednisoneJunkie
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   Posted 6/19/2009 7:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I had the exact same problem with Metamucil. I haven't used it since.
27 / Male
UC Diagnosis May 2003
Survived 9 flares
Have successfully tamed 1 flare without prednisone
Asacol 9/day
Supplements: probiotics lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium infantis, Omega-3 fish oil 6g
Diet: paleolithic (but I often cheat), non-smoker, non-drinker
Other problems: Childhood asthma


Joylu
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   Posted 6/19/2009 8:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I bought the tablets and only took one in the AM, and then all hell broke loose throughout the day. Don't think I would want to tolerate that for 3 months, seriously.
Ulcerative proctitis. On Asacol 3 3x a day,  Started Meslamine enemas nightly again.
  Doc now has me on prescription Pepcid, and  Questran.  Just started that 05/15, so will wait and see.
 Update: Questran made me worse, so I stopped taking it.
 
Urgency is still my biggest problem.  Blood is now gone.


princesa
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   Posted 6/19/2009 9:10 AM (GMT -6)   
I've always heard - and have had GIs support this - that Citrucel is the most gentle fiber and less likely to cause gas and pain. I use the Citrucel capsules and I also use psyillum husk capsules.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.
 
 


pb4
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   Posted 6/19/2009 11:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I use one called Prodiem, it gave me excessive gas and bloating for 3 months but I was already really gassy and bloated anyways, once those 3 months passed it was/has been awesome so to me it's been worth it. I started taking it 5 yrs ago on the recommendation of my GI, best advice ever from a GI that I've gotten. I guess it's one of those "no pain, no gain" things, I take one caps just before bed.

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Red_34
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   Posted 6/19/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Bloating and gas I can handle but not explosive D! lol I've even tried Citrucel but another no-go for me.

Joy, sometimes it's all a matter of trial and error to find one that works for you (if any).
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Christine1946
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   Posted 6/20/2009 5:32 AM (GMT -6)   
     This brings back a horror of a memory.   When I first started symptoms of UC back in 98, I remember taking FiberCon....Holy MOLY.....that sent me over the edge.  I wound up being hospitalized.  Little did I even know back then.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Meds as of June 09: Colazal (6 per day), 6MP (50 mgm), Probiotic (upped to 3 per day), Fish oil capsule, calcium, multivitamin, Cort enema nightly, Canasa in morning.  Also taking Benicar and Toprol to control high blood pressure.  Getting old is a b****.


Probiotic
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   Posted 6/20/2009 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I also cannot tolerate Metamucil or similar, generic fiber supplements either- they gradually increase pain in my colon and eventually cause me to flare if I take them for more than a week.  I assume it is because the fiber husks are grating against the tissue.
Pancolitis >20 years, allergic to all 5ASAs
(To pharma: enough already with the umpteen variants of Asacol!)
Tried everything under the sun (natural and alternative)
Some partial success with TSO but was too expensive to keep up 
Remicade Humira, lots of probiotics, entocort, tapering increasing pred again,
maybe surgery this year soon
 
 


basa0806
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   Posted 6/22/2009 11:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I can't tolerate fiber capsules either. It made my D/gas/cramps so much worse. Even now that I'm in remission I can't handle food with a lot of fiber in it. I guess we just don't mix...
Sam(antha)
20 year old college student diagnosed in March 2005
Remission since January/April 2006-->THREE YEARS!!!!!
Trying Colazal 3 750mg x2-->Found it to be better than Asacol
25mg Elavil
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